Seedway Marks 50 Years of Business


Seedway is commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2013, celebrating sustained growth and five decades of seed and service to growers across the eastern United States. Seedway is one of the few remaining full-line seed companies, offering a comprehensive line of farm, turf and vegetable seed.

Seedway's origins date back to 1923, with the formation of Robson Seed Farms, a mail-order vegetable and flower seed business in Hall, N.Y. In the 1960s, a second business, Robson Quality Seeds, began operation as the marketing arm of Robson Seed Farms. In 1963, Carl Fribolin of Geneva, N.Y., joined Robson Quality Seeds and the Seedway foundation was laid, with the ownership and name officially changing in 1971. In 1987, Seedway was sold by its private ownership to Agway, Inc., a northeast and mid-Atlantic cooperative based in Syracuse, N.Y. In December 2002, Growmark, Inc. purchased Seedway.

Initially, the company built its reputation in commercial and home garden vegetable seed sales. As the company grew, it expanded its product offering to include farm seed and eventually turf seed. Growth through acquisition has been a consistent theme for Seedway. Some notable purchases include Seem Seed Farms in 1974, Todd Seed Co. in 1982, Scarlett Seed Co. in 1983, Carlton Seed in 1990, Burpee Commercial Vegetable Seed in 1996, S&M Vegetable Seed in 1998, Agriculver Seeds in 2003, and Olds Garden Seed in 2011.

Seedway will hold commemorative events for employees and customers throughout the summer at company locations. Events include the 50th annual kickoff meeting for northern division farm seed dealers in September, an event in Hall, N.Y., that has been held every year since the company's inception in 1963. The kickoff meeting annually launches the fall sales season and recognizes dealers for sales achievements.

For more information on Seedway's 50th anniversary, including a history brochure and timeline of key events from 1963 to 2013, visit

Headquartered in Hall, N.Y., Seedway, LLC maintains locations in Trumansburg and Mecklenburg, N.Y.; Shoreham, Vt.; Mifflinburg, Emmaus and Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Lakeland, Fla. A full-line seed company, marketing farm and turf seed in 14 northeast and mid-Atlantic states and vegetable seed from the U.S. Rocky Mountains to the East Coast and in the southern provinces of Canada, Seedway, LLC is a subsidiary of Growmark, Inc., Bloomington, Ill.